Officials approve fog grenades to protect nuclear power plant
Germany

Officials approve fog grenades to protect nuclear power plant

Officials in the German state of Baden-Württemberg said Monday that they have given the green light to a novel scheme to protect a nuclear power station from attack: fog grenades.

Free paper publisher Metro sees losses shrink
Sweden

Free paper publisher Metro sees losses shrink

Metro International, which publishes a number of free newspapers around the world, said on Monday that it had narrowed its losses in the second quarter.

Foreigners ‘blocked’ from college courses
Sweden

Foreigners ‘blocked’ from college courses

Sweden’s new university admissions system discriminates against foreign students and breaks EU law, according to the country’s university regulator.

Two rare tapirs born in Sweden in one week
Sweden

Two rare tapirs born in Sweden in one week

Sweden has laid claim to a rare animal sensation this week: the birth of two tapirs at different zoos, a male and female respectively, out of about only 30 around the world in captivity annually.

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Sweden

Cerebral palsy fraudster gets 3 years in jail

A 32-year-old man who was caught playing ping-pong while claiming to be disabled by cerebral palsy has been jailed for three years by a Swedish court.

Cops don bathing suits to nab fugitive at pool
Germany

Cops don bathing suits to nab fugitive at pool

Frankfurt police recently traded in their uniforms for bathing trunks to arrest a fugitive at a crowded public swimming pool, authorities said on Monday.

Vilks arsonists plan to appeal prison sentences
Sweden

Vilks arsonists plan to appeal prison sentences

The two brothers who last week were sentenced for firebombing the home of artist Lars Vilks will appeal the sentence, the younger brother's lawyer announced on Monday.

Ice cream maker working overtime through heat wave
Germany

Ice cream maker working overtime through heat wave

Employees at German ice cream maker Langnese are working around the clock to keep up with demand amid record summer heat, the company said on Monday.

Oktoberfest to enforce strict smoking ban
Germany

Oktoberfest to enforce strict smoking ban

The proprietors of tents at Munich’s world-famous beer festival Oktoberfest have agreed to implement Bavaria’s strict new smoking ban this year despite having a grace period till 2011.

Father abandons boy at rest stop after family row
Germany

Father abandons boy at rest stop after family row

Youth services have been alerted after a German father abandoned his 14-year-old son at a Bavarian rest stop following an argument, police in the southern state reported on Monday, calling the incident “unbelievable.”

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Sweden

25% of female inmates engaged in prostitution

Every fourth woman in Sweden's prisons has at some point in her life been engaged in prostitution, Sveriges Radio's Ekot news service reported on Monday.

Merkel lonely at top as another ally departs
Germany

Merkel lonely at top as another ally departs

German Chancellor Angela Merkel looked increasingly alone Monday after another key ally, the mayor of Hamburg, jumped ship as part of a mass exodus of experienced conservatives.

Islamists offered way out of extremist groups
Germany

Islamists offered way out of extremist groups

Germany’s domestic intelligence agency has started an opt-out programme for Islamists trying to leave extremist groups, Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière announced on Monday.

Electrolux posts record second-quarter profit
Sweden

Electrolux posts record second-quarter profit

Electrolux, the world's second-largest maker of household electrical equipment, reported a record 56-percent rise in net profit for the second quarter on Monday.

German media roundup: Hamburg’s democratic revolt
Germany

German media roundup: Hamburg’s democratic revolt

The decision by voters in Hamburg to torpedo plans to reform the city's schools sparked a decidedly mixed reaction from newspapers in The Local's media roundup on Monday.

Two helicopter heist thieves still at large
Sweden

Two helicopter heist thieves still at large

Ten men caught after a helicopter heist at a cash depot belonging to security company G4S in southern Stockholm were sentenced on Monday, while two other known thieves remain unidentified and at large..

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Sweden

40% of Swedes report improved finances: poll

Four out of ten Swedes believe that their wallets have fattened over the last four years, a TV4/Novus poll reveals.

Referendum voters reject Hamburg school reforms
Germany

Referendum voters reject Hamburg school reforms

Following the resignation of Mayor Ole von Beust on Sunday, Hamburg’s Christian Democratic-Green coalition suffered another blow after voters clearly rejected its controversial primary school reform plans in a referendum that could affect education policy nationwide.

Söderling falls short in Swedish Open final
Sweden

Söderling falls short in Swedish Open final

Spain's Nicolas Almagro beat top seed and defending champion Robin Söderling in three sets in the final of the clay-court ATP Swedish Open at Båstad on Sunday.

Workers call in sick more often as economy improves
Germany

Workers call in sick more often as economy improves

The number of German workers taking time off due to illness – particularly on Mondays - reached a five year high in the first half of 2010, according to new statistics by the Health Ministry.

Iran uses German bank to skirt sanctions
Germany

Iran uses German bank to skirt sanctions

Tehran has used a small Iranian-owned bank in Germany to circumvent sanctions slapped on firms blacklisted for involvement in the Islamic republic's missile programmes, a newspaper report said Monday.